Scholarly Project

The goal of the resident scholarly project is for each resident to choose an issue, idea, hospital problem, or research area in which he or she is interested and complete a project throughout residency which will help in career development.  All residents will share their project in a poster session with peers and faculty at the end of their 3rd year and are encouraged to present their project at local, state, and national meetings.

Current projects fall within the fields of:

  • Community Advocacy
  • Quality Improvement
  • Medical Education
  • Biomedical or Clinical Research

We have experienced faculty within each of these fields to serve as advisors while residents explore different areas and to link resident with content specific advisors once a topic is identified.  Please see examples of recent and current scholarly projects below. 

Scholarly Project Examples

  • Community Advocacy - Camp CHAMPS


    Camp C.H.A.M.P.S (Choosing Healthy Activities, Meals, and Positive Self Esteem): A longitudinal, family –centered curriculum for prevention of childhood obesity.  

    AAP CATCH Grant Recipient

    Abigail Kissel, MD, Laura Beth Mann, MD, Kay Rodgers, MD, Teresa Tseng, MD.

    Faculty Advisor: Nancy Kelly, MD

    Camp CHAMPS was a family-centered, longitudinal program that focused on healthy meals, physical activity, and positive self-esteem.  Residents partnered with Parkland Community Clinics and KB Polk Elementary School and recruited families.  We designed 5 sessions which consisted of 45 minutes of healthy lifestyle education and 45 minutes of physical activity each.  Each family was assigned a physician mentor for the duration of the program.

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    Camp CHAMPS

  • Community Advocacy - Non-Heterosexual Youths


    Non-Heterosexual Youths, Their Families, and the Pediatricians Who Care for Them.  

    Kevin Barnes, MD

    In partnership with the Resource Center of Dallas, Kevin did an extensive literature search on how the medical community can interact with non-heterosexual pediatric patients and their families, including the March 2013 AAP policy statement.  He also collected community resources and created educational pamphlets and resources for education of pediatricians and families.

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  • Community Advocacy - Cord Blood Education


    Cord Blood Education to Sonographers to Increase Umbilical Cord Blood Collection. 

    Joe Park, MD, PhD

    Faculty Advisor: Paul Harker-Murray, MD

    Joe created an educational program to increase the knowledge of prenatal ultrasonographers with regards to options for cord blood banking.  Education focused on the differences between private and public banks, steps involved in cord blood collection, and the application of cord blood for transplantation.  After the educational sessions the ultrasonographers reported learning a great deal from the teaching session, felt more comfortable with the topic of cord blood and transplantation.

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  • Quality Improvement - Know Your Provider


    Know Your Provider

    Nora Renthal, MD, PhD.  Gaston Ofman, MD

    We emphasize patient care and physician ownership among our residents.  Gaston and Nora created a handout for each patient admitted to the hospital to explain team structure and physician roles.  This intern-lead project became the new standard for communication and continuity of care for our inpatient medicine service teams. 

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    Know Provider

  • Quality Improvement - Legal Partnership


    Introducing the Medical Legal Partnership to the Patients and Families admitted to Children’s Medical Center Dallas. 

    Victoria Yang, MD and JoAnn Harris, MD

    Advisors: Shelby Jacob, MD and Susan Schoppa, JD

    The Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) is part of an innovative healthcare delivery model that integrates legal assistance as a vital component of healthcare.  Vicki and JoAnn developed a project to determine the best mentod for introducing patients and their families admitted to Children's to the MLP.  They launched a pilot project on two inpatient pediatrics floors.  One floor had posters explaining the MLP in every patient room and the other floor had screening cards that were included in every admission packet.  After two weeks the posters and screening cards were moved to opposite floors and the project continued for two more weeks.  There was in increased number of referrals from patients receiving the screening cards and now all patients admitted to Children's are screened for referral to MLP. 

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  • Quality Improvement - Seizure Management


    Pediatric Residents Improving Seizure Management in Ghana Hospital

    Courtney Baldridge, MD and Rachel Jamison, MD

    During an elective rotation in a rural hospital in northern Ghana, Rachel and Courtney identified a need for education on seizure management while caring for children with cerebral malaria.  They created material for a didactic session on seizure identification, treatment, and safety that was given to the hospital’s nursing staff along with example cases and questions, and revamped the hospital’s seizure management protocol that now hangs in the pediatric ward.

    Accepted for Poster Presentation at Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting.

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  • Medical Education - PACE Project


    Natasha Hanners, MD

    Faculty Advisor: Dorothy Sendelbach, MD

    Residents are involved in adverse events and patient deaths (“critical events”) during their time in residency. Within our large residency program, there is wide variability in awareness of resident involvement in critical events. Based on the results of a resident survey, a Process After Critical Events (PACE) program will be established, which includes the following:

    1. Identification of a group of pivotal observers who detect events warranting feedback and support to the residents;
    2. A system to notify key personnel (chiefs, mentors, program leadership) of critical events;
    3. Case review and resident input leading to a feedback process plan constructed by key personnel;
    4. Resident participation in identified feedback process plan;
    5. Provision of written summary to resident of process findings. 

    Accepted for poster presentation at Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting.

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  • Medical Education - Pediatric Boot Camp


    Medical Student Pediatric Boot Camp Elective

    Kay Rodgers, MD

    Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Walsh, MD

    During intern year Kay realized that she learned many lessons in effective and efficient patient care and that she wished she had known many of these tips prior to the start of intern year. In Spring of 2013 UT Soutwestern, piloted a new 4th year medical student rotation for studnets matched into a pediatric residency called Medical Student Boot Camp.  Kay worked with Dr. Walsh to develop a creative and innovative curriculum to help 4th year medical students prepare for life as an intern. 

  • Research - Allergic Stimuli


    Effects of allergic stimuli on the response of myeloid dendritic cells to human rhinovirus

    Regina Rowe, MD PhD

    Faculty Advisor:  Michelle Gill, MD PhD

    The interaction of innate immune cells and respiratory viruses, specifically rhinoviruses, are thought to play key roles in the development and exacerbation of allergic asthma.  Myeloid dendritic cells (mDCs) are critical innate immune cells recruited to the lung and respiratory epithelium during both respiratory viral infections and allergic airway disease.  My project focuses on the impact of rhinoviruses on mDC function and how allergic stimuli may alter the inflammatory response of this important cell type in the context of asthma, contributing to the severity of viral-induced asthma exacerbations.

    Regina Rowe Scholarly Project-400


  • Research - Anti TNF


    Anti TNF-α Induced Psoriasis in Children Treated for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    Nathalie Nguyen, MD

    Faculty Advisor: Ashish Patel, MD

    Anti tumor necrosis factor α (anti TNF-α) agents are used for the treatment of a variety of inflammatory conditions including moderate to severe inflammatory bowel disease. These agents are also used for the treatment of psoriasis. However, there are a number of seemingly paradoxical reports of new onset psoriasis while being treated with anti TNF-α agents for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.  The goals of this analysis are to identify pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease who developed psoriatic skin disease while receiving anti TNF-α therapy and to review their presentation and management.
    American Academy of Pediatrics Resident Research Grant for $2000
    Presented at PAS (Pediatric Academic Societies) and NASPGHAN (North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition)

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